lucky charm

Fertility charm in a basket from Lukolela, East Kasai, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The basket is cylindrical in shape. Both the basket and the handle are made of plant fibre. Inside the basket is a collection of cowrie shells and two pieces of knotted fabric. There is also a lump of what is possibly clay, with cowrie shells embedded into the surface. The clay has a length of fabric attached to it. The collection of objects have been stained a dark red/brown.

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